133 It Is Forbidden You To Wed Your Fathers' Wives #107

Marriage with one's stepmother is here explicitly prohibited. This

prohibition also applies to marrying one's stepfather. Where Baha'u'llah

has expressed a law between a man and a woman it applies mutatis mutandis

as between a woman and a man unless the context should make this


'Abdu'l-Baha and Shoghi Effendi confirmed that, while stepmothers are the

only category of relatives mentioned in the text, this does not mean that

all other unions within a family are permissible. Baha'u'llah states that

it devolves upon the House of Justice to legislate concerning the

legitimacy or otherwise of marrying one's relatives (Q and A 50).

'Abdu'l-Baha has written that the more distant the blood-relationship

between the couple the better, since such marriages provide the basis for

the physical well-being of humanity and are conducive to fellowship among


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